My guess is that we're fighting in Afghanistan because the military establishment always demands at least one hot war in progress, and now that Iraq has finally petered out (because of Nouri al-Maliki's treacherous snookering of George W. Bush), Afghanistan is the only candidate. The Pentagon needs wars for lots of reasons. They're essential for training soldiers in actual combat, for keeping the vast armies of mercenaries under contract employed (many of the mercenaries are former military lifers seeking an upgrade in pay and working conditions, plus that Bondsian License to Kill), and most of all, as a laboratory for all the weapons and gadgets produced by defense contractors. Officers get promoted, they collect war stories, they acquire battle credibility.
September 04, 2009
September 03, 2009
I was video witness recently to the unedifying spectacle of that guy named Dennis (Kneale, I think) of CNBC doing battle with "econobloggers" and other doomsayers, meaning (in his focus) the troublemakers at zerohedge, who harp a lot on the Federal Reserve and what its online community think of as the "phony" American economy. Dennis (who looks like the Muppet Big Bird, or maybe Buddy Holly, if Buddy had lacked all charisma and talent) was having none of it. America is back, it's great, and anyone who doesn't think so should leave, because there's no place as wonderful as the USA.
1 People's Republic of China 1,332,750,000 September 3, 2009 19.65% Chinese Population clock 2 India 1,168,460,000 September 3, 2009 17.23% Indian Population clock 3 United States 307,301,000 September 3, 2009 4.53% Official USA Population clock 4 Indonesia 229,965,000 3.39% UN estimate 5 Brazil 191,796,000 September 3, 2009 2.83% IBGE projection 6 Pakistan 167,336,000 September 3, 2009 2.47% Official Pakistani Population clock 7 Bangladesh 162,221,000 2.39% UN estimate 8 Nigeria 154,729,000 2.28% UN estimate 9 Russia 141,862,000 September 3, 2009 2.09% Russian State Statistics Service 10 Japan 127,590,000 August 1, 2009 1.88% Official Japan Statistics Bureau estimate 11 Mexico 107,550,697 1.59% INEGI estimate 12 Philippines 92,222,660 mid 2009 1.36% 13 Vietnam 85,789,573 April 1, 2009 1.27% Official preliminary results of the 2009 census 14 Germany 82,046,00
August 31, 2009
The amazing Matt Taiibi is out with a new take-no-prisoners essay on health care "reform" in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and it's definitely worth the read. His main point is that our thoroughly corrupt Congress and curiously passive President are now in a quandary about how to wriggle out of this job without upsetting their corporate paymasters, yet while convincing the general public they did something. Unfortunately, there just isn't any way to deny that the problem of health care in this country is MASSIVE, and yet all they're really set up to do anymore is to give a semi-convincing pantomime of "caring" etc., while most of them actually remain solely obsessed with getting reelected.